Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599) was an important English poet best known for The Faerie Queene (1590, 1596), an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy. He used a distinctive verse form, called the Spenserian stanza, ...
Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599) was an important English poet best known for The Faerie Queene (1590, 1596), an epic poem celebrating, through fantastical allegory, the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is recognized as one of the premier craftsmen of Modern English verse in its infancy. He used a distinctive verse form, called the Spenserian stanza, in several works, including The Faerie Queene. His Epithalamion (1595) is the most admired of its type in the English language. It was written for his wedding to his young bride, Elizabeth Boyle. Through his poetry he hoped to secure a place at court, which he visited in Walter Raleigh's company to deliver The Faerie Queene. However, he boldly antagonized the queen's principal secretary, Lord Burghley, and all he received in recognition of his work was a pension in 1591. His other works include: The Shepheardes Calender (1579), Complaints (1591), Daphnaida (1594), Astrophel (1595), Amoretti (1595), Fovvre Hymnes (1596) and Prothalamion (1596).
Good. 24mo-over 5"-5¾" tall Collectible Facsimile of the exceptionally rare 1595 edition. Full brown morocco, spine with raised bands and gilt-ruled compartments; covers with twin gilt-ruled borders; gilt-decorated inner dentelles; marbled endpapers; top edge gilt (some rubbing to spine and boards, small chip to top of spine; ink gift inscription; small bookplate). Still an attractive binding.
Fine; Collectible. Hardcover, no dust jacket, covers near-new (darkening on spine and along inside edge of cover) with sharp corners, pages clean but with foxing, binding very tight. Book is in unread condition: pages are unseparated, in "bundles, " as new and unread (and foxing only on the "outside" page of each bundle). Orig. owner name with date (Christmas 1927) inked on first sheet with bookstore label inside front cover. With notes on original and recent editions on new title page. Reproduction made from the copy in the British Museum. Amoretti (89 Sonnets) and Epithalamion, printed on unnumbered pages. Note: Post Office Delivery Confirmation provided by e-mail to enable you to track your package (for US addresses); overseas airmail (generally 2-3 weeks delivery) provided for non-US addresses. Book is shipped boxed and packaged in bubble wrap.
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